Jean-Louis Dutraive, Domaine de la Grand'Cour, Brouilly Vieilles Vignes 2020Regular price $43.00 Save $-43.00
There’s a relatively newfound love for Cru Beaujolais among the sommelier set and Domaine de la Grand’Cour is one of the rock star producers to make its way into the American market. Winemaker Jean-Louis Dutraive is a 5th generation vigneron focusing on small parcels of Gamay grown with integrity and produced with minimal intervention. All the wines undergo carbonic maceration for the fermentation and a mixture of different size barrels and cement casks are used for the elevage. Finished wines are unrefined and unfiltered before bottling. At nearly 60 years old, Jean-Louis Dutraive has long held the respect of local farmers from his region but has recently turned into a rather dark horse favorite among global wine geeks.
A limited amount was made of this Vieilles Vignes wine coming from a parcel in the Brouilly Cru. Jean-Louis' father kept this parcel, even after moving the family domain to Fleurie. Vines in this parcel average 50 years, though some are well over 100 years in age. Brouilly is known for its volcanic rock; however, this site is different because of its limestone and clay.